Library to host Oktoberfest fundraiser complete with craft beer

By: Brendan Losinski | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 11, 2017

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Public Library will host its own Oktoberfest celebration complete with German food, beer and music next month.

The celebration will serve as a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Franklin Public Library. Tickets cost $35 prior to Monday, Sept. 18, and $40 after that until the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at the library. The ticket cost will cover the price of beverages, food and a complimentary mug.

“The event is going to be a German theme encapsulating the culture of Munich, and (it will be) very quaint,” said Heather Mydloski, a Friends of the Franklin Public Library board member and chair of the Oktoberfest Committee. “We’ll have craft beer provided by Farmington Brewing Co., and staff members will be on hand to explain how it is brewed. We selected the beers being served based on traditional beers and popularity in the community. We have the Rusty Bucket donating food tailored to a German theme. We have a local band, the Kielbasa Kings, singing German songs and polka songs. We’re giving away beer mugs with the Franklin Library logo on it, and there will be a raffle we’re trying to organize.”

The Oktoberfest event will take place 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Franklin Public Library. Only people 21 and older will be admitted.

The festivities will take place inside the library and in a tent directly behind it, adjacent to the village green. This is the first year an Oktoberfest theme has been used for a library fundraiser in Franklin. The organizers said they were looking for something different and fun.

“We wanted to do something different, and Oktoberfest is something we’ve never done before. It’s fun and cultural and new,” said Mydloski. “I would remind people who live in a land of digitalization that we still have a small community library that is there to enhance their community.”

Special steps had to be taken to serve alcohol at the event, and the organizers said they are taking strict measures to ensure that people act responsibly at the event and that underage drinking is prevented. IDs will be checked at the door.

“We have applied and received (a license) from the Michigan Liquor (Control) Commission, and we had to give detailed proof of our programming and bring in our police chief that would allow us to give out or sell alcohol on the day of the event,” said Mydloski. “The Franklin-Bingham Farms Department of Public Safety will be on hand, including my husband, who is a department member, and the two of us will be the ones distributing the alcohol.”

All of the profits will be used for library programs and functions. There are no specific plans for the money raised, but funds collected by the Friends of the Franklin Public Library usually go toward a few specific goals.

“Typically, we don’t have anything specific we’re raising money for, but Friends of the Library money often goes toward expanding our DVD collection, summer reading programs and library renovations, such as new shelving in the kids area, which is our next project,” explained Library Director Theresa Natzke. “We also want to build a reading garden in the back of the building.”

The Oktoberfest organizers encourage local residents to check out the event and to drop by for an enjoyable time.

“It’s going to be a great community event, and we always want a reason to get together in Franklin,” said Natzke. “There will be great food, great beer — some of the Friends have gone on a trip to try the beer, and they said it’s fantastic — and great music.”